CAMERON La Ruta PDX Winemaker’s Dinner 6:30 pm Saturday, March 16th
With Chef John Gorham and Winemaker John Paul at Plaza Del Toro
$175 all-inclusive experience includes dinner, wine pairing and gratuity.
La Ruta PDX presents a Spain-Meets-Portland dinner at PLAZA DEL TORO with Toro Bravo chef John Gorham and winemaker John Paul. Gorham will design a multi-course dinner influenced by his fourteen culinary trips to Spain while John Paul hand-picks special wine pairings from the Cameron library.
Full bar available for purchase. Gratuity not included on additional beverages. Dinner starts at 6:30 pm at Plaza Del Toro.
A portion of proceeds will benefit p:ear, a nonprofit mentoring Portland’s homeless youth to affirm personal worth and create healthier lives and communities.
Cameron Winery is dedicated to producing high-quality, hand-crafted and sustainably-farmed libations for the people. John Paul, the irrepressible owner and winemaker of Cameron, founded the winery in 1984.
After working out of a roofless warehouse on the other side of the tracks in McMinnville, Cameron moved to their current location in the hills above Dundee. Here, they planted Clos Electrique, a 4-acre dry-farmed vineyard that included Pinot noir and Chardonnay. Clos Electrique was planted in a traditional Burgundian manner, using several different clones of each varietal. Over the years the vineyard has expanded to 7 acres. Varietals now also include Nebbiolo and a field blend of white Italian grapes.
John Paul came to winemaking from an academic background. After receiving a Ph.D. in Marine Biochemistry, he realized that winemaking offered opportunities to use the right side of his brain and to drink at work. He therefore jumped academic ship and began working the wine industry, with stints in Oregon, New Zealand, and California. After working as an assistant winemaker at Carneros Creek Winery in the Napa Valley, he took the high road north and started Cameron with his wife, Teri Wadsworth, and partners, Bill and Julia Wayne of Abbey Ridge Vineyard, Marck Dochez, and Shawna Archibald. The winery name was inspired by its location in Dundee and was named after the Paul family’s Scottish Clan.
John Gorham is co-owner and Executive Chef of iconic Portland restaurants Toro Bravo, Tasty n Daughters, Tasty n Alder, Plaza Del Toro; co-owner of Mediterranean Exploration Company, BYH Burgers, and Shalom Y’all; and founder of the La Ruta PDX gastronomic festival.
Gorham believes that a chef’s cuisine and style is influenced by a trade route composed of travels, past work, cities lived in, and foods that their family made growing up. A ‘chef of the people’, Gorham celebrates a range of global cuisines at his influential restaurants; each with a unique identity but all embodying the quintessential Portland dining experience of family-style dishes, house-made charcuterie and seasonal sustainably-sourced ingredients.
Gorham will make his 15th culinary trip to Spain in October 2019 to lead 10 travelers on an exploration tour around the hidden corners of Catalan and Galician cuisines with Spanish food insiders Aborígens. Trip information here.